The first episode of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is a crash course on how to be Hulk 'the right way'

Aishwarya Srinivasan
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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law starring Tatiana Maslany deals with the unexpected birth of a superwoman and the aftermath of it!

“What is the responsibility of those with power? Do they merely have an obligation to refrain from the misuse of that power? Or do they have the duty to protect those without it?” Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) looked me straight in the eyes in the first five seconds of the show while she asks these intense questions on which the entire existence of the MCU is based. But the camera quickly pans out and I just realize that she’s actually practicing her closing argument for a very important trial she has that day. After a short banter with her colleagues Nikki (Ginger Gonzaga) and Dennis (Drew Matthews) about her speech, I felt like the three of them are about to leave the room when Jennifer came right back in and this time for real started talking to me about how she’s a Hulk and that we’re going to leap three months back in time to see how she really became one. The whole reason why I watch sci-fi/fantasy shows is to get lost in that world so it definitely made me feel included when the protagonist broke the fourth wall and started talking to me like I’m one of her confidantes.

Rewinding to three months back, we see Jennifer on a road trip with her cousin and one of MCU’s most powerful superheroes, Bruce Banner aka the OG Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). What seemed like an extremely relatable conversation about how hot Captain America is, I mean, come on, who doesn’t love him, quickly turned into a fatal car accident when a UFO appeared in front of them out of nowhere. This is when Bruce’s blood goes into Jennifer’s body and she turns into She-Hulk in the most bizarre way possible. The rest of the episode is the journey of the two siblings trying to figure out how to accept this new situation that they’ve landed themselves in. Bruce had nobody so he wanted to do his best to give Jennifer the perfect lesson on how to snap in and out of your Hulk self. What her trigger threshold should be, what is Hulk’s favorite workout, which clothes are Hulk-friendly, and what a Hulk-house should look like, yes, it's the entire crash course. It comes with a binder and everything! 

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And where do they do all of this, you ask? It’s in Bruce’s secret beach house/lab that Tony Stark himself built for him. But Bruce really has nothing to worry about. Jennifer is a much better version of him. From ‘who does the best Hulk smash’ competition to learning how to balance, she’s 10 times better than Bruce and he literally is in denial about it. I mean the guy has been Hulk for like a decade and here comes his cousin who makes it look like cake-walk? In a scene where he tells her the triggers to become Hulk are - anger, and fear, she replies “those are like the baseline of any woman just existing” and that's when I wondered if this is why she’s better at it than him. Women literally are good at everything they do, even if it's being the 'Hulk'! I mean let’s not forget that the entire phase 4 of MCU is carried by women. Yes, Ms Marvel, Mighty Thor, Wanda Maximoff, I’m talking about y’all. Jennifer turns herself into Hulk without even having an alter ego, and snaps back into herself quite effortlessly. But taking her brother as a living example, she doesn’t want to be a superhero, she just wants to be a lawyer who is in love with her job. 

The two Hulks get into a very gore physical fight about this, well, I mean it's gore for me but in the Hulk world, it’s just another Sunday! So after that coconut tree shattering argument, Bruce finally puts his foot down like any good brother should and decides to respect her wishes of keeping this a secret. But we’re in the MCU here, so it goes without saying that by the end of the episode, right before she starts her closing argument, she's forced to turn into Hulk in public and save everyone from a villain who is ready to shred the whole place apart. Hopefully we get answers about that in the further episodes because those with the most power, have the most to answer for, right?

Directed by Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, the first 30 minutes of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law feels like a funny, refreshing, action-packed Marvel show and I really do hope that it only goes onwards and upwards from here. Tatiana brings so much warmth to She-Hulk’s character but the CGI just does not do justice compared to the one we’ve seen on Hulk all these years. The quality makes you feel weird, so either we just get used to it or pray that it gets better as the show progresses. The camaraderie between the Hulk siblings is super relatable and I really want to see that unfold further. So I know what I’ll be doing every Thursday for the next 8 weeks!

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